How's Your Apparatus Staffing?

PREPARATION: MOTIVATION: Adequate staffing at the scene of any emergency can have a direct relationship on the outcome. Inadequate staffing can also contribute to the potential for harm to operating personnel. We owe it to each other to insure that...


         6) Assist with initial attack line (operations should be limited to exterior attack until a standby

             crew is available)

      c. Firefighter

         1) Assist with entry

         2) Assist with rescue, if rescue is required

         3) Assist with initial attack line (operations should be limited to exterior attack until a standby

             crew is available)

      d. Comment: With a three-person crew, the officer is required to be part of the attack crew which

           limits size up or supervision. The establishment of water supply is very limited to operating from

           the booster tank or connecting to a hydrant in very close proximity to the engine. It is, however,

           conceivable that a supply line could be dropped from a water source so that an incoming unit

           could connect it and establish the water supply. The initial attack is limited to one line and

           exterior operations until more personnel arrive to permit interior entry or activation of additional

           attack lines.

   2. Four Person Crew

      a. Driver

         1) Operate the fire pump controls

         2) Break supply line or establish water supply if using a hydrant in very close proximity to the

             engine

      b. Officer

         1) Provide supervision and direction to crew

         2) Perform initial size-up of scene

         3) Provide communications to incident commander

         4) Assist with entry

         5) Assist with rescue, if rescue is required

         6) Assist with initial attack line (operations should be limited to exterior attack until a standby

             crew is available)

      c. Firefighter 1

         1) Assist with entry

         2) Assist with rescue, if rescue is required

         3) Assist with initial attack line (operations should be limited to exterior attack until a standby

             crew is available)

      d. Firefighter 2

         1) Pull supply line and connect to hydrant or wait for supply engine

         2) Once water supply established, assist driver at scene

         3) Perform exterior operations such as setting up master streams

      e. Comment: With a four-person crew, the officer is required to be part of the attack crew which

          limits size up or supervision. The initial attack is limited to one line and exterior operations until

           more personnel arrive to permit interior entry or activation of additional attack lines. While there

           are four people on the scene, the driver has other duties and is not available to be part of the

           standby team.

   3. Five Person Crew

      a. Driver

         1) Operate the fire pump controls

         2) Break supply line or establish water supply if using a hydrant in very close proximity to the

              engine

      b. Officer

         1) Provide supervision and direction to crew

         2) Perform initial size-up of scene

         3) Provide communications to incident commander

         4) Assist with entry

         5) Assist with rescue, if rescue is required

         6) Assist with initial attack line (operations should be limited to exterior attack until a standby

             crew is available)

      c. Firefighter 1

         1) Assist with entry

         2) Assist with rescue, if rescue is required

         3) Assist with initial attack line (operations should be limited to exterior attack until a standby

             crew is available)

      d. Firefighter 2

         1) Pull supply line and connect to hydrant or wait for supply engine

         2) Assist Firefighter 3 with standby safety line

         3) Perform exterior operations such as setting up master streams